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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon D750 to be Canon 5D3 competitor?
« on: September 09, 2014, 11:14:16 AM »
Why are we getting sidetracked by a dodgy analogy?

Hey, it's something new. Better than reading the same progression of posts time and again.

Haha, fair enough. FWIW I don't think food or cars are a suitable comparison.

You would be correct. People (at least in western cultures) eat three meals a day. Each individual meal matters very little and the cost is low, so little consideration other than convenience goes into the decision.

Automobiles, in most first-world countries, are ubiquitous and both a necessity and a luxury, depending on disposable income and interest. While cameras are certainly common in most countries, they are not a necessity and in recent years a suitable alternative has surfaced for the bulk of consumers (cell phones). There is no universal transportation device owned by most people that can easily substitute for a car.

Analogies are almost always flawed, but these two are particularly flawed.

Can you name one market where the best selling, most well marketed product is also clearly the "best" product?

Post Processing / Re: Photoshop eye retouching
« on: August 15, 2014, 04:57:57 PM »
I probably use the same high-pass/hue sat approach as you, but I will also add a gradient masked levels adjustment layer and usually dial the whole set back to no more than 10-25%.  That's usually just enough to add a little clarity, brightness and attention to the eyes but no so much as to make them look fake or, worse, "Photoshopped" - ugh!  Even then, I don't do it for all portraits.


this is what i use.well, not that model, but this system. it isn't inexpensive at all, but i find it works well, and looks good. in fact as it ages it only looks better, as opposed to most other things that get dirty and make you look like you are a member of the SWAT team. although you might look like an old school detective or something. anyway, i like it and get positive comments about it at most weddings i work.

Wow, thanks for the link.  I use, and have been very happy with, an older single camera Carry Speed for my one camera, but I think I would buy one of these in a minute if they made single camera version. 

Canon General / Re: What do you Splurge on?
« on: August 01, 2014, 09:54:41 AM »
1. Tesla S to drive my camera gear around.
2. Prada purses and Louboutin shoes for my wife so she won't complain about my camera gear purchases.

Software & Accessories / Re: Camera bag for camping
« on: July 17, 2014, 10:28:56 AM »
you are much better off using a proper backpack and putting your camera gear in it. or strap a small camera back to your backpack. you will not have a good time trying to pack weight in a camera bag. i just put my lenses in their soft cases in the lid of my gregory pack, and hang my camera in a dry-sack (brooks bag) off a shoulder strap, or on a capture clip if its dry out.

you arent going to get a hiking backpack on as carryon

+1   If you're car camping or day hiking it really doesn't matter.  If your backpacking, neoprene lens bags for storage in your pack is the way to go.  I will often also strap a lowepro lens bag and a top loader to either waist strap of my Osprey, or put the top loader on my pack's chest harness.  Tripod goes on the outside. 

I've been using Adobe cc for photographers for a while now.  Its $10 a month and is great.

+1.  As long as it stays at ~$10/mo, I'll remain very glad I made the move to CC. 

Sorry to hear about your loss.  I don't know how things work in Germany, but in the US home owners and renter's insurance policies usually cover, at least partially, loss of personal property while traveling, unless the owner is a professional photographer on business. 

Lenses / Re: Before you buy your next prime...
« on: May 07, 2014, 02:54:36 PM »
I take a different view on lens acquisitions.  I don't try to imagine what I want a new lens to do.  I try new lenses to see what they can do and how I can, or if I want to, incorporate whatever it is they do into my work.   I buy almost all of my lenses off eBay and look at it as more of a very low cost rental program - lenses I don't like, or don't see any new advantage from, get re-sold for very close to or more than I paid for them.   

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Adobe Lightroom 5 $80 via Amazon
« on: May 03, 2014, 09:33:38 AM »
This was, and usually is, the upgrade price for the new version on release.  With a new version about to be released, why would anyone buy old software that is not going to be supported for more than a few months? 

Software & Accessories / Re: Chuck a 5dmk iii in a rucksack
« on: April 23, 2014, 04:34:46 PM »
I use this and like it OK (just).

On the plus side, it protects very well.  On the minus side, it is a bit slippery as it is made of (I believe) silicone.  I fixed that problem with a bit of sandpaper.  You do lose a bit of tactile feedback, though the case fits well.  I also took a scissors and modded it to my specific needs, so overall, it works fine.  It has protected the camera from scuffs, scrapes, and minor falls.

I guess since I have kept it on for over a year, the pluses outweigh the minuses.

I use lens coats for the lenses and that works well for me.

Good luck.


Something like this perhaps?

I backpack and mountaineer with one of these, also modified a bit, for my D800 and prefer it over my LensCoat Pro and Top Loader. It works well enough but you do lose some ease of use of some buttons, at least on my Nikon, notably those surrounding the top lcd.  I use a top Loader on a chest mount when i know i want the camera handy but a sling would be in the way, such as for ice axe work.  For day hikes with a daybag but no other hard equipment, i just wrap it in my fleece in my daybag or leave it hanging on my sling. 

And Volkswagen and Miller Brewing topped the charts in 2013 for world wide sales of cars and beer.   No one would argue that Volkswagen hasn't innovated or produced a product that is liked by it's customers, but most would not interpret car sales that to mean that Volkswagen makes the best cars.  Sales volume does not inherently equate to quality, customer  satisfaction or class leadership.  It does reflect marketing, product placement, and market penetrance - kudos to Canon.  What would be nice to see is a chart indicating average repair costs, customer satisfaction, use by professionals, units remaining in service over years, etc.  Categories where Canon has probably done well, but who knows how well compared to other brand. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Anything to report from the Olympics?
« on: February 21, 2014, 07:10:08 PM »
I believe this thread is one of those who really de-railed :)

I conclude that no prototype body or lens was shown, ...

I'm pretty sure the Russians did show off their prototype bodies. 

Canon General / Re: Canon lack of innovation
« on: February 17, 2014, 07:48:45 PM »
That list is of the top patent filing companies.  That's certainly one measure of innovation, but quantity impresses less than quality and "Innovation" should be a measure of a company's ability to translate inventions into products, not how much money they spend on patents. 

Technical Support / Re: How to use cf and sd cards Mark5d3
« on: February 14, 2014, 09:47:02 AM »
i use the SD as a jpg backup and the CD for RAW but I've never, ever, had a card fail nor have the few pros i know.  is this a real issue with cards made in the past few years? has anyone here actually experienced a card failure?

Canon General / Re: Canon's Fiscal Year 2013 Financial Results released
« on: January 29, 2014, 08:05:55 PM »
Unlike all the subjective opinions spewed across the internet and elsewhere, yours and mine included, it is an objective fact that more people have decided that Canon dSLRs and lenses are the best, for them…and have done so consistently for >10 years.

The only fact is the sales number, the reason (best for them) is speculation on your part unless you mean that whatever people buys is always the best for them at that moment, but in that case I smell a petitio principii.

You don’t have to universally define “best” to understand that “best selling” is not equal to “best product” in the same way that “best dynamic range” is not equal to “best product”.

We buy what we buy for a whole bunch of reasons. Wants, needs, budget, knowledge (or the lack of it), ego, status, indoctrination, propaganda, reviews, expectations, dreams, beliefs, even facts sometimes.

Excluding the small number of people extorted or otherwise coerced to purchase a 'luxury' product not of their choosing, I'd say it's a pretty reasonably assumption that people but what they believe is best for them at that moment.  All of the factors you list, and the myriad of unmentioned factors, are consistent with that assumption.

You're right that the only real facts are that Canon has led the dSLR market for the past 10 years, and has sold more dSLRs and lenses than their competitors during that period.   Latin logic aside, I'm sure there are reasons for their success.

But the reality is that product sales is influenced heavily by marketing, including sponsorships, product placements and market presence (i.e. white lenses at sporting events), not by objective comparisons. Most people buy most products based on perceived and "marketed" value, and are rarely well informed about the products they purchase.   I would also argue that while some might believe that this isn't true for high end pro camera buyers, that in fact it is those same product placements, white lenses at games and sponsored "big name" photographers that do in fact significantly influence camera purchases.  It is very hard to not be influenced by branding and marketing.

In fact, I can't think of many (any?) companies that sell the most of anything that is also considered by "objective informed consumers" to make the "best" of that product.  Maybe Canon is an exception?  I have no doubt many Canon owners would like to think so.

Canon makes wonderful products that no doubt are the "best" for many well informed users.  But one of the problems with being the biggest company is the need to make products that will appeal to the broadest base of users in order to maintain that sales volume, and that often translates to an apparent reluctance to introduce significantly innovative new products, perhaps partly because the bigger they are they less they feel compelled to do so. 

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